Clear Methods Expands XML, Web Services Offerings
Upgrades aim to enable faster, more efficient development of XML-based business solutions and Web services.Clear Methods Inc., an XML and Web services solutions startup, has upgraded its offerings, known as Steam and Water, to enable faster, more efficient development of XML-based business solutions and Web services. Cambridge, Mass.-based Clear Methods Tuesday announced the release of version 3.1 of its Steam platform, including enhanced database access, the extension of XML to all tiers of computing and the elimination of the use of wrapper technology when implementing Web services, the company said. The Steam platform consists of the Steam integrated development environment and the Steam Engine runtime environment. Clear Methods employs its Water language to develop Steam applications. Water is an object-oriented XML-based language developed by Clear Methods founders. Essentially, Water enables developers to express business logic in XML, said Mike Plusch, chief executive of Clear Methods.
Water is based on ConciseXML, Plusch said. Concise XML is a language-independent markup syntax that is compatible with XML 1.0. Yet, ConciseXML is designed to handle every type of data including non-hierarchical data, program logic, document markup, and binary data, he said. In addition, ConciseXML makes XML more flexible by eliminating many of the constraints of XML, Plusch added. Clear Methods launched ConciseXML.org last month to support the adoption of the ConciseXML syntax. The site can be found at www.concisexml.org.